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Annoyed reader asks that the ‘other side’ be represented

Dear Editor,

I am writing regarding Eric Thuma's column "'Dominant Animal,' an interesting evolution" in the September 24 issue.

Where do I begin? The column was many things: offensive, incomplete, and like most articles in this newspaper now-a-days, totally subjective. Nothing like reading yet another journalist's editorial about a subject without looking at the other side. I always thought journalists were supposed to supply balanced reporting and let the reader decide. Not any more, and especially not lately in The Tri-City Times.

First, your opening paragraph was unbelievably offensive to me. You announce that you had been

"fixed" and that it was a gift from your mother—a proud "lifelong" member of Plan-ned Parenthood. Did you or your mother know that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood was a racist and believer in eugenics? (Source: Angela Franks, "Margaret Sanger's Eugenic Legacy: The Control of Female Fertility") Her intent was to create a better race by controlling fertility of those she thought inferior: the poor, the disabled, the "feeble-minded," the sickly, etc. She visited Hitler's Germany and applauded his programs. She strategically had contraception mills planted in low socio-economic, urban areas and the South. As a result of this "smart" planning of her Planned Parenthood in the defense of "reproductive freedom," the abortion rate of black women, who compromise only 13% of the U.S. population, account for nearly 40% of the total number of abortions performed in America. Gee, that will sure help the population control your author is so worried about. You also see the sneers of the liberal elite women at 'stay-at-home' moms. Yep, something for Mom to be proud of.

And to compare yourself to the family dog, how offensive not only to yourself, but to all men. We are not animals and are not meant to be spayed and neutered. We were made to be a step above the animal kingdom made in the image and likeness of God, with a well-formed conscience and free will.

As for population control, where have you been the past 30+ years? Do you really think people are having children at the same rate they did 30-40 years ago? I am nearing 40, the youngest of seven children, and I sure am glad that my parents didn't visit Planned Parenthood after number six. There are few families around this size nowadays. I read a statistic lately that U.S. citizens have, on average, 2.1 kids per couple. That is the replacement rate for a population. Most of the world is below that, and Europe is far below that number, averaging 0.8-1.7 kids per couple (Source: Mark Steyn, "America Alone"). How could overpopulation be an issue when most of Europe is not even replacing themselves as you said of yourself and your wife and your 2.0 children? Did you know that there are grown children in Spain who share four grandparents with no one—they have no cousins! The latest figures from the UN state that world population will peak in 2040 at 7.5 billion and then decline (Source: Ronald Bailey, "Make Mine Malthus!"). How will one person pay for the Social Security and Medicaid for four people? Maybe we'll have to have mandatory euthanasia for retirees, or how about a life lottery! (Our lucky winners tonight get to live another two years!).

We live in a materialistic, selfish, self-centered world where somehow people really believe that they are God and can control every aspect of their destiny. We've lost sight of where we have come from and what our purpose truly is. Of course we need to take care of our planet, but it will be pretty hard to take care of anything if there aren't people around to do it. Since Roe vs. Wade was plucked from thin air in 1973 by our Supreme Court, surpassing the usual legislative order of lawmaking, nearly 50 million babies have been aborted (that we know of) in this country alone, and people are barely "replacing" themselves throughout the world. Won't that also have a grave impact on the future of our world and the care of it? In the future, just try to present the other side, truthfully and objectively, and let the readers decide.

Editor's note: In Eric Thuma's Sept. 24 column he discussed the book 'The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment' co-authored by Dr. Paul Ehrlich and his wife Ann. The authors are affiliated with the Biological Sciences and Center for Conservation at Stanford University.

Columns, editorials and this and other letters to the editor are opinion pieces, not news "articles" and/or "reporting." The phrase "in my opinion" written by Eric appears in the second paragraph of the column. We welcome voices from all walks of life but reserve the right to withhold publication of material deemed inappropriate.

Beth Ann Klein, Mother of 3, soon to be 4, Capac
October 15, 2008

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